Virginia Street Project Weekly Update | June 19, 2020

Construction News

As roadway work through Midtown is mostly complete, crews are busy beautifying the corridor by placing trees and installing other landscape features.

You may have known that over 200 new trees are being planted as part of the project, but did you also know that several of the trees will help with urban runoff? Porous pavement will be placed around the base of trees located on smaller sections of sidewalk (locations where tree wells are currently filled with rock). The material looks like concrete but has a porous surface that catches precipitation and surface runoff, stores it in a rocky reservoir and allows water to slowly infiltrate into the soil below. The porous pavement will also allow for maximum walking space on these sections of sidewalk.

In larger planters and in the center medians, mulch with a tackifier is being placed that will help keep the soil hydrated.

Trees with 5×5-foot planters will receive the porous pavement to help reduce urban runoff and maximize sidewalk walking space.

Construction Look Ahead

All operations are weather permitting.

  • Virginia Street is two-way traffic from Vassar Street to Plumb Lane.
  • Virginia Street is one-way southbound from Liberty Street to Vassar Street. Two-way traffic on South Virginia Street up to Center/Mary Streets is anticipated in July, and up to Liberty Street in August.
  • Drivers can expect lane shifts on Virginia Street at Liberty Street for concrete improvements.
  • Concrete on the west side of the roundabout at Center/Mary Streets is installed and curing -reaching strength. One-way southbound traffic is detoured through the east side of the roundabout. Once the concrete reaches strength, traffic will be two-way on Virginia Street from Plumb Lane to the roundabout -approximately July 4, 2020.
  • Crews are placing center medians, striping the roadway and installing landscaping on Virginia Street from Liberty Street to Center/Mary Streets.

Transit Detour:

RTC’s Route 1, RAPID Virginia Line, and UNR-Midtown Direct southbound routes are back to normal. Northbound routes on Virginia Street are still on a detour. Check route and schedule information at

Community Support

Reno Restaurant Week will be taking place in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and in Midtown on June 17-24, 2020.  During this week-long event, participating food and drink establishments will offer reduced or fixed price menus and/or specialty items to guests.

All participating establishments have agreed to be COVID-19 compliant and any active phase restrictions will be followed.

The RTC and SNC encourages everyone to support food & drink businesses as our economy begins to reopen.

To learn more and view the full list of participants, sponsors and partners, please visit